Fisher of Doncaster U3A in Yorkshire sent us this:
1. Name and location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK is a market
town 20 miles from Sheffield, with a population of 70,000. Its main
industries were coal mining and railway engineering. Sadly, both of
these are long gone - some of the spoil tips are now grassed over, and
planted with trees by the Forestry Commission. There is still a major
railway station on the east coast route from London to Edinburgh. The
market is held on three days each week: and it was very well known,
with people coming from all over the North of England, but this has
lost many fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, due to several supermarkets
in the area.
2. How many members: We have over 300 members, with a committee
of 11. Meetings will be at the Danum Hotel (pictured) from February
3. Range of Activities: There are 26 groups meeting at 13 different
venues. Art and Calligraphy, Book Review, Canasta & Scrabble, Coffee
Quiz (Do a quiz whilst having a coffee), Collectabilia (where members
talk about the collections they have), Computers, Discussion, Easy French,
French 1 & French 2 (for people who know French and want to practice
it), Friendly Bridge, Genealogy (Family History), Jazz Appreciation,
Literature, Local History, Looking at Art, Mah Jong, Move to Music,
Music Appreciation, Philosophy 1 & 2 (Philosophy 2 is more advanced),
Round & About (a group which runs mini-weekend holidays), Social
Strollers (meet at a country pub, take a short walk-2miles at the most,
return to the pub for lunch), Sunday Lunch ( a monthly meet up at one
our local hotels for a Sunday Lunch), Travel & Theatre, Writers.
Three of these groups meet at members homes, but the rest meet
at different venues in Central Doncaster. The two largest Groups are
Travel & Theatre, with about 100 members going to it and Local History,
which has over 30 members.
4. What I like best about my U3A: I like meeting and working
with others of my generation, passing on my knowledge through
running the Computer Group, and learning about Family History in the
Genealogy Group. I believe we have a wide range of subjects covered
by our groups, but I know the Committee are always willing to encourage
new ones. The problem, often, is finding someone to be a Group Leader.
5. My personal message: Use it or lose it!